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Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927)

Elephants disrupt the lives of a family deep in the jungles of Northern Siam, and an entire village.

Writer:

Achmed Abdullah (titles)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Natives of the Wild Natives of the Wild ... Themselves
Wild Beasts Wild Beasts ... Themselves
The Jungle The Jungle ... Itself
Kru Kru ... Kru - the Lao Tribesman
Chantui Chantui ... Chantui - His Wife
Nah Nah ... Nah - Son and Heir of the House of Kru
Ladah Ladah ... Their Little Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bimbo the Monkey Bimbo the Monkey
Namul Namul
Than Than ... A Friend from the Lao Village
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Storyline

Kru is a pioneer, living deeper in the jungle of northern Siam than any of his predecessors. He solves the problems caused by leopards and tigers attacking his stock by setting traps and killing those beasts. A baby chang (the Siamese word for elephant) is caught in his trap, and thinking he would tame it so it will work for him one day, he tethers it to a post under his house, which is on stilts. Its mother comes and destroys his house. Kru and his family flee to the village, where a mammoth herd of elephants suddenly appear and decimates the buildings in the village. But the villagers fight back. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Always man and the jungle have been at conflict. Man hacks away at the jungle and builds his cities. But today-tomorrow-next year-or a hundred years from now- the jungle swallows the cities and they are no more. (Print Ad-Daily Times, ((Longmont, Colo.)) 12 November 1927) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Most of the film was shot in the mornings as the intense heat of the location meant that many of the animals didn't venture out later in the day. See more »

Quotes

Kru - the Lao Tribesman: Drive them out, brothers! Drive them, O brave men, O strong men!
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Crazy Credits

Produced in the Jungles of Northern Siam See more »

Alternate Versions

Milestone Film and Video has issued a video with a music score by Bruce Gaston (copyrighted in 1991) and performed by Fong Naam. The running time is 69 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005) See more »

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A product of its time; great music in the re-issue
28 December 1998 | by cliff-19See all my reviews

There is more than a little irony in seeing a film that is so much like an anthropological field work, but with a superimposed plot structure and characterization that we now find unacceptably corny. The music is marvelous, by the famed Thai group Fong Naam, and the ethnographic details are rich.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None

Release Date:

3 September 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chang See more »

Filming Locations:

Thailand

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Budget:

$60 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted and toned)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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